Let us to introduce you to Kim Tank. Kim has shown an amazing dedication to the individualized plan that Coach Andy has put together for her and her improvement from race to race over the months has been spectacular. We really love her upbeat positive energy and we’d thought others would like to know a little more about how Kim and how she does it.
How important do think having a routine every day is? Expand on your daily routine and take us through your day in journal fashion?
The only aspect of my life that is routine is that I don’t have one! I run a business that operates seven days a week including holidays so my work life is anything but predictable. I might work a few hours on one day and then twelve hours the next. With a husband and four kids, I never know what extra tasks I might have for the day. It’s a chaotic life, but I figure someone has to do it!
If there is a typical day it might go something like this: I get up about 5 AM, get ready for work and I’m out the door by 6. I do pet care in my clients’ homes and the first shift of the day is for those that need the earliest visits. I fit in eating when I can which is usually some oat meal for breakfast. I drive my son to school, do another pet care visit or two, and then take a break to get a run in. Once that’s completed, I shower and head back out to walk some dogs during the midday.Then I find time for lunch. Back to school for the son, and if the dishes and laundry are lucky that day, they might get some attention. Often my husband will make dinner if I have more visits to do. Evenings are spent hanging out with the kids, doing office work and a little Facebooking.
Please highlight some of the facets of your day that you find most beneficial? (they don’t have to be exercise-based):
One thing that is really great about my work life is that I can usually find some flexibility. If I shift things around, I can meet friends for a run at whatever time works for them. On the days where it might be tough, I get up extra early to have that free time for a run and then a post run coffee.
What is your favorite meal of the day? Would you be so kind as to share a recipe(s) with us?
As far as family life I like dinner best and we try to sit down as a family on most nights. But my favorite meal is really lunch. I don’t have to worry about who doesn’t like what. I can design my own meal and it’s nice and quiet! I try to avoid things that come in a box and try to find food that looks like it exists in nature. I can’t always accomplish this (as in thenrecipe below) but one thing I do have that is organic is eggs. We have 3 chickens in our backyard, and you can’t get much more organic than knowing the name of the hen that laid your egg.
I enjoy tomatoes, onions, peppers and avocados with just about everything and I’ll have either an omelet, a chicken or turkey sandwich or a salad with all of those ingredients. It doesn’t require a lot of thought, just a well-stocked kitchen with the aforementioned goodies.I don’t use recipes a lot, but I’ll share one which is a great way to get some spinach down, if you don’t like it straight out of the can, like I do. Sure, it has a bucket of sour cream, but it’s oh, so tasty!
- 4 packages frozen chopped spinach (or save money by buying the bigger bag and do the math)
- 16 ounces sour cream
- I packet Lipton Onion soup mix (Labeled for California dip)
- Bread crumbs
- Butter or margarine
- Parmesan cheese (optional
Steam the spinach to thaw, drain, and combine with sour cream and onion soup mix in a casserole dish.
Fry the bread crumbs and butter until brown (enough to cover the entire dish) then sprinkle on top of the spinach mixture. Sprinkle Parmesan on top if desired. Bake about 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
What part of the day do you prefer working out or being active?
I’m a morning person, so I like to be out as soon possible, the earlier the better. But I am also a social runner, and I have been known to show up whenever and wherever an email tells me to go if it means I can run with my friends.
Any helpful tips for motivation? Any mantras? Any easy to succumb to pitfalls we should avoid?
I’m always motivated by the fact that I never regret a workout, but I certainly have regretted skipping one. Also helping me to get out there are my friends most of whom are also Range of Motion athletes who hold the same passion for running as I do. I am constantly inspired by what they have accomplished and it pushes me to work harder. While there are many days I am focused on my pace and form, there are also days when a run has flown by so fast with my fellow runners that I can’t believe it’s already over!
Pitfalls? Sometimes I have found myself unhappy with a particular run and it’s easy to fall into a mindset of negativity. But I’ve learned some days are just going to go better than others. If you can figure out what went wrong, that’s great. But if not, you have to move on and focus on the next one. And more often than not, my next run is a whole lot better!
Mantras? I have a few positive affirmations that I use, but my latest one is “Better, Faster, Stronger!” I’m currently recovering from an injury and I am cross training to stay in shape while taking a break from running. I need to keep thinking positive. Right from the beginning of my involvement in running I decided that I didn’t want to just maintain my fitness, but improve it. Coach Andy has been guiding me through this, assigning me pool running, along with some bike workouts. I got handed some lemons, but I’m going to make lemonade and more. Maybe some lemon meringue pie and ice cream!
Your best training story ever is:
One day I was running with fellow TRoM athletes Erin and Paula out on the Lafayette Moraga trail. We are all 50-somethings, and we came upon a group of 30-something women. It was with great pleasure that we passed them about a mile before the end of the trail and ended up seeing them finish a minute or two behind us. The funny part, to me, wasn’t that we passed them (none of us are exactly “rocking chair bound” just yet!) but it was how it happened. Not a word was spoken. We just all looked at each other and were thinking the exact same thing. We gave each other a little smile, and then we did what we needed to do. We’re just sort of bonded that way!